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Ferrer stuns Djokovic in straight sets

November 23, 2011 -- Updated 2256 GMT (0656 HKT)
David Ferrer celebrates his stunning stright sets victory over Novak Djokovic in London.
David Ferrer celebrates his stunning stright sets victory over Novak Djokovic in London.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • David Ferrer stuns Novak Djokovic to reach the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals
  • Ferrer outplays the world number one 6-3 6-1 in a one-sided match at London's O2 Arena
  • It was only Serb Djokovic's fifth defeat in all tournaments this season

(CNN) -- David Ferrer booked his place in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals after stunning world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday.

Ferrer opened the tournament with victory over fourth seed Andy Murray, and the world number five followed up that success with a superb 6-3 6-1 victory, only Djokovic's fifth defeat of the season in all tournaments.

Djokovic has been struggling with back and shoulder injuries in recent weeks, but refused to offer any excuses after his defeat.

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I have no words to explain it. It was the worst match I have played all year
Novak Djokovic

The 24-year-old Serb told reporters: "I have no words to explain it. It was the worst match I have played all year but all credit to David. He played really well."

Ferrer added: "I think maybe he was a little tired but I played very well and didn't make any mistakes.

"It is important for me to play well here. Last year I didn't win and now I have won twice, so I am very happy."

Ferrer becomes the first player to qualify from Group A, while Djokovic could still go through if he beats compatriot Janko Tipsarevic in his remaining match on Friday.

Tipsarevic, the replacement for the injured Murray -- who was forced to quit the tournament on Tuesday -- was beaten 2-6 6-3 7-6 by Tomas Berdych in the earlier group match.

Berdych will now need to defeat Ferrer in his final tie to qualify, and hope that Djokovic slips up against Tipsarevic.

Meanwhile, Ferrer's victory ensured he joins defending champion Roger Federer -- who has qualified from Group B -- in the last four of the competition.

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